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New Limited Edition Guitar Celebrates Washburn's 120th Anniversary

Jul 24, 2003

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To commemorate 120 years of making guitars, Washburn is planning several promotions and events during 2003, as well as the introduction of a Reserved Edition commemorative guitar series constructed of exotic hardwoods, the Rarewood Acoustics.

Over 1.2 centuries, Washburn grew from a small guitar workshop in Chicago, Illinois, in November 1883. That's when Lyon & Healy -- a musical instrument retail house -- launched the Washburn brand name. Washburn's parent company became the largest music house in the world, helping to establish Chicago as a global center for musical instruments, and Washburn as one of the world's most respected guitars.

In the early 1900s Lyon & Healy sold the Washburn name, which was owned by several different companies before being bought by Fretted Industries, a Chicago-area music company, in the 1970s. Washburn created electric-acoustic guitars like the Festival Series cutaway in the 1980s. Innovations in the 80s also included thin semi-solid bodies, imaginative solid body electrics, solid body classical guitars, and electric-acoustic basses.

In 2002, Washburn became U.S. Music Corporation, a name that reflects the wide range of capabilities embodied in the top music gear companies that Washburn has acquired during recent decades, including Vinci Strings; amplifier manufacturers Randall and Eden; SoundTech Pro Audio and Autoharp originator Oscar Schmidt. Washburn officially kicked-off its 120th anniversary celebration with special events at the NAMM Summer Session in Nashville this July, and promotions will follow throughout the rest of the year. Washburn is also marking this special occasion with the introduction of a 120th Anniversary Rarewood Acoustics Reserved Edition.

These instruments feature hand-selected exotic hardwoods, including Macassar Ebony, Flamed Olive Ash, Hawaiian Koa and Rosewood. Due to the limited availability of the Rarewood Acoustics Reserve Edition, the value of this instrument as an addition to one's collection is immeasurable.

  • Exotic wood back and sides
  • Solid spruce or Cedar tops
  • Abalone soundhole rosettes
  • Bound Rosewood fingerboard with Mother of Pearl diamond inlays
  • Mahogany neck
  • Vintage crown headstock with abalone logo inlay
  • Rosewood butterfly bridge
  • Grover tuners
  • Molded hardshell case
  • One extra set of Vinci 807s XLP phosphor bronze strings
  • Certificate of Authenticity
  • Limited Lifetime warranty

  • WD41S Macassar Ebony: $599.90
  • WD42S Flamed Olive Ash: $599.90
  • WD44S Hawaiian Koa: $699.90
  • WD46S Rosewood: $699.90

For more information, visit their web site at www.washburn.com.
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